The content keeps on coming, doesn’t it?

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Corpus Chrome, Inc. (S Craig Zahler, 2013)

Zahler’s writing is interesting to look at alongside his film works. They’re both primarily focused on navigating relationships and how characters react to situations rather than any concrete plot. Corpus Chrome, Inc. honestly feels more like a series of barely connected stories within the same universe than anything else. Some of those stories feel disposable, particularly the one that actually propels what little action exists within the…


[Note: This review was written for a theater appreciation course about a year ago and I’ve been questioning whether or not to publish it for what feels like ages, in part due to it being the first public preview of the show and in part due to the fact that the show closed early (and before I could snag a rewatch) due to COVID. But, I figure, at this point, why not? All this said, I will absolutely be getting a ticket to watch it again once Broadway re-opens and I am very excited to see if it takes a…


Nier (Square Enix)

With a pandemic still keeping the world mostly indoors, desperate to find new hobbies and expand collections that have grown stale, some folks have turned to the past. This journey has included my first Castlevania game (Aria of Sorrow), an attempt to revisit Final Fantasy XIII (to see if my initial disdain for it was fair), and, most interestingly, the wild world that is the Taroverse.

I’ve owned Yoko Taro’s Nier Automata for some time now, but quit after playing a short portion of it due to laziness and my general inability to finish games (which I’ve been rehabilitating recently)…


Back at it again with the non-Sundance bullshit. Here’s what I’ve been reading, playing, watching, etc.

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Here’s Part III.
Here’s Part IV.
Here’s Part V.

100 Boyfriends (Brontez Purnell, 2021)

Picked this up because I dug the cover and was very into the concept of short stories revolving around a number of queer interactions, labeled “boyfriends” less as any official status and more as though exploring the concept of attachment to individuals that we may or may not develop real attachments to. In the very sexual queer world we navigate, there are all…


Decided to finally catch up a little bit now that all of my Sundance writing is over and up online. So here are some thoughts about all of the works I saw there. This is a fairly long piece because it covers a whole lot of movies.

Here’s Part I.
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Here’s Part III.
Here’s Part IV.

Features (with Links to Extended Writing)!

A Glitch in the Matrix (Rodney Ascher)

The films of Rodney Ascher are as much of a challenge to the audience as they are to the filmmaker: how does one approach figures who speak with the utmost sincerity about notions…


Sorry for not chiming in sooner, but I was a bit caught up with Sundance. I’ll be saving that for a separate post, and focusing this on all the non-Sundance art I ingested recently.

Here’s Part I.
Here’s Part II
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Here’s Part III.

Detransition, Baby (Torrey Peters, 2021)
I will probably write about this book somewhere down the road. My brain doesn’t have enough power to do that right now thanks to too many deadlines honestly. It is likely to remain my favorite thing I’ll read all year though. Please read it. …


James Corden, Meryl Streep, and Nicole Kidman in Ryan Murphy’s The Prom (Netflix)

Today, as with any other day being online, comes with yet another instance of every queer’s favorite discourse: should straight actors be playing gay?

What follows is an extended conversation between two queer writers about this.

Juan Barquin: So, Kyle, do you think straight actors should play gay?

Kyle Turner: Who gives a shit.

[This conversation has been condensed for clarity]


Or: help, I can’t stop watching Adam Curtis documentaries.

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Here’s Part II
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The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis, 2004) The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom (Adam Curtis, 2007) Bitter Lake (Adam Curtis, 2015) I appreciate that the thesis of every Adam Curtis film I’ve watched so far seems to be “America is awful [so is the UK] and comprised of a bunch of hypocritical war criminals in power who have seduced the grand populace into submission with myths, conspiracies, and bullshit.” Also, Kyle, if you read this, yes I only wrote my tweet…


The year continues and I have ingested more art (that I have a surprising amount to say about).

Here’s Part I.

1. The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson, 2015) You know, The Argonauts was an exciting experience for me. At times it’s a riveting stream of consciousness piece of personal essay writing that feels exactly like how my brain functions: long stories about experiences, quotes from other creatives peppered in, and an individual processing their conflicting thoughts over concepts that are ever changing. Though it sometimes leans a little too much on citation and analysis of academic texts — and it…


This was originally a list of anime for Kyle to watch (mostly focused on film and specific auteurs in the medium because getting Kyle to commit to watching any series that isn’t limited to under thirteen episodes is like pulling teeth), but, in the spirit of coaxing other folks into watching some potentially new works, I wanted to make it public!

This also totally sidesteps anything from Studio Ghibli (because they’re almost entirely very accessible and widely seen, although some folks have skipped out on Isao Takahata’s work in favor of Miyazaki and you should remedy that ASAP) and Satoshi…

Juan Barquin

Neurotic queer Latinx. Programmer for Flaming Classics. Florida Film Critics Circle. Writer for Miami New Times, Dim the House Lights, and more.

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